This Day in History

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Day History: December-14

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Famous Birthdays


1009- Emperor Go-Suzaku -of Japan (d. 1045)

1546- Tycho Brahe -Danish astronomer and chemist (d. 1601)

1607- John Kemény (prince)|János Kemény -Hungarian prince (d. 1662)

1625- Barthélemy d'Herbelot -French orientalist and academic (d. 1695)

1631- Anne Conway, Viscountess Conway -English philosopher (d. 1679)

1640- Aphra Behn -English playwright and author (d. 1689)

1678- Daniel Neal -English historian and author (d. 1743)

1720- Justus Möser -German jurist and theorist (d. 1794)

1730- Capel Bond -English organist and composer (d. 1790)

1738- Jan Antonín Koželuh -Czech composer and educator (d. 1814)

1775- Philander Chase -American bishop and educator, founded Kenyon College (d. 1852)

1775- Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald -Scottish admiral and adventurer (d. 1860)

1784- Princess Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily -(d. 1806)

1787- Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este -(d. 1816)

1791- Charles Wolfe -Irish priest and poet (d. 1823)

1794- Erastus Corning -American businessman and politician (d. 1872)

1816- Abraham Hochmuth -Hungarian rabbi (d. 1889)

1824- Pierre Puvis de Chavannes -French painter and illustrator (d. 1898)

1852- Daniel De Leon -Curaçaoan-American journalist and politician (d. 1914)

1853- Errico Malatesta -Italian activist (d. 1932)

1866- Roger Fry -English painter and critic (d. 1934)

1870- Karl Renner -Austrian politician, 4th President of Austria (d. 1950)

1881- Katherine MacDonald -American actress and producer (d. 1956)

1881- Howard Valentine -American runner (d. 1932)

1883- Manolis Kalomiris -Greek pianist and composer (d. 1962)

1883- Morihei Ueshiba -Japanese martial artist, developed aikido (d. 1969)

1884- Jane Cowl -American actress and playwright (d. 1950)

1887- Xul Solar -Argentinian painter and sculptor (d. 1963)

1895- George VI -of the United Kingdom (d. 1952)

1895- Paul Éluard -French poet and author (d. 1952)

1896- Jimmy Doolittle -American pilot and general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)

1897- Kurt Schuschnigg -Italian-Austrian lawyer and politician, 15th Federal Chancellor of Austria (d. 1977)

1897- Margaret Chase Smith -American educator and politician (d. 1995)

1901- Paul of Greece -(d. 1964)

1902- Frances Bavier -American actress (d. 1989)

1908- Morey Amsterdam -American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1996)

1908- Claude Davey -Welsh rugby player (d. 2001)

1908- Mária Szepes -Hungarian journalist, author, and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1909- Edward Lawrie Tatum -American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1975)

1911- Spike Jones -American singer, actor, and bandleader (d. 1965)

1911- Hans von Ohain -German-American physicist and engineer (d. 1998)

1913- Dan Dailey -American actor, singer, dancer, and director (d. 1978)

1914- Karl Carstens -German lieutenant and politician, 5th President of the Federal Republic of Germany (d. 1992)

1914- Attila Petschauer -Hungarian fencer (d. 1943)

1914- Nam Phương -Vietnamese wife of Bảo Đại (d. 1963)

1914- Rosalyn Tureck -American pianist and harpsichord player (d. 2003)

1915- Rashid Behbudov -Georgian-Russian singer an actor (d. 1989)

1916- Shirley Jackson -American author (d. 1965)

1917- C.-H. Hermansson -Swedish politician

1917- Elyse Knox -American actress and fashion designer (d. 2012)

1917- June Taylor -American dancer and choreographer (d. 2004)

1918- James Thomas Aubrey, Jr. -American broadcaster (d. 1994)

1918- Radu Beligan -Romanian actor

1918- B. K. S. Iyengar -Indian yoga instructor and author, founded Iyengar Yoga (d. 2014)

1920- Clark Terry -American trumpet player and educator

1922- Nikolay Basov -Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2001)

1922- Don Hewitt -American journalist and producer, created ''60 Minutes'' (d. 2009)

1922- Junior J. Spurrier -American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1984)

1923- Gerard Reve -Dutch-Belgian author and poet (d. 2006)

1924- Raj Kapoor -Pakistani-Indian actor, director, and producer (d. 1988)

1925- Sam Jones (baseball)|Sam Jones -American baseball player (d. 1971)

1927- Richard Cassilly -American tenor (d. 1998)

1927- Koos Rietkerk -Dutch politician, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Netherlands)|Dutch Minister of the Interior (d. 1986)

1930- David R. Harris -English geographer, anthropologist, archaeologist and academic (d. 2013)

1931- Jon Elia -Pakistani philosopher, poet, and scholar (d. 2002)

1931- Vladimir-Georg Karassev-Orgussaar -Estonian director and politician

1932- Abbe Lane -American actress, singer, and dancer

1932- Charlie Rich -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)

1934- Shyam Benegal -Indian director and screenwriter

1935- Lewis Arquette -American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1935- Barbara Leigh-Hunt -English actress

1935- Lee Remick -American actress (d. 1991)

1935- Arvo Valton -Estonian author and screenwriter

1938- Leonardo Boff -Brazilian theologian and author

1938- Hal Williams -American actor

1939- Ann Cryer -English academic and politician

1939- Ernie Davis -American football player (d. 1963)

1940- Lex Gold -Scottish footballer

1941- Karan Armstrong -American soprano and actress

1941- Ellen Willis -American journalist, critic, and academic (d. 2006)

1942- Chris Harris (actor)|Chris Harris -English actor and director (d. 2014)

1942- Dick Wagner -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Frost) (d. 2014)

1943- Tommy McAvoy -Scottish politician

1943- Emmett Tyrrell -American journalist, author, and publisher, founded ''The American Spectator''

1944- Graham Kirkham, Baron Kirkham -English businessman, founded DFS (British retailer)|DFS

1946- Antony Beevor -English historian and author

1946- Jane Birkin -English-French actress and singer

1946- Patty Duke -American actress and singer

1946- Ruth Fuchs -German javelin thrower and politician

1946- Michael Ovitz -American talent agent, co-founded Creative Artists Agency

1946- Stan Smith -American tennis player and coach

1946- Joyce Vincent Wilson -American singer (Tony Orlando and Dawn and Former Ladies of the Supremes)

1947- Tom Mardirosian -American actor

1947- Christopher Parkening -American guitarist

1947- Dilma Rousseff -Brazilian economist and politician, 36th President of Brazil

1947- Linda Sutton -English painter

1948- Kim Beazley -Australian politician and diplomat, 9th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

1948- Boudewijn Büch -Dutch author, poet, and television host (d. 2002)

1948- Peeter Kreitzberg -Estonian politician (d. 2011)

1948- Peter Thorup -Danish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Beefeaters and Collective Consciousness Society) (d. 2007)

1948- Dee Wallace -American actress

1949- Bill Buckner -American baseball player and manager

1949- Cliff Williams -English bass player and singer (AC/DC, Home (UK band)|Home and Bandit (band)|Bandit)

1951- Jan Timman -Dutch chess player

1951- Paul Zaloom -American actor and puppeteer

1952- Tommy Boyd -English radio and television host

1952- Germain Houde -Canadian actor

1952- John Lurie -American actor, saxophonist, painter, director, and producer (The Lounge Lizards)

1952- Graciela Alfano -Argentine model, actress and vedette

1953- Vijay Amritraj -Indian tennis player and sportscaster

1953- Wade Davis -Canadian anthropologist, author, and photographer

1953- René Eespere -Estonian composer

1953- Vangelis Meimarakis -Greek lawyer and politician, 4th Minister for National Defence (Greece)|Greek Minister for National Defence

1953- Mikael Odenberg -Swedish soldier and politician, 29th Minister for Defence (Sweden)|Swedish Minister for Defence

1954- James Horan (actor)|James Horan -American actor

1954- Alan Kulwicki -American race car driver (d. 1993)

1954- Steve MacLean (astronaut)|Steve MacLean -Canadian physicist and astronaut

1956- Linda Fabiani -Scottish politician

1956- Hanni Wenzel -German skier

1958- Mike Scott (musician)|Mike Scott -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Waterboys)

1958- Spider Stacy -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Pogues)

1958- François Zocchetto -French politician

1959- Bob Paris -American-Canadian bodybuilder and actor

1959- Jorge Vaca -Mexican boxer

1960- Don Franklin -American actor

1960- Chris Waddle -English footballer, manager, and sportscaster

1961- Patrik Sundström -Swedish ice hockey player

1962- Ginger Lynn -American model and actress

1963- Greg Abbott (footballer)|Greg Abbott -English footballer and manager

1963- Cynthia Gibb -American actress and singer

1963- Vytautas Juozapaitis -Lithuanian opera singer

1963- Michael Moloney -American interior designer

1963- Alice Ripley -American singer-songwriter and actress

1963- Mario Yamasaki -Brazilian-American martial artist and referee

1964- Rebecca Gibney -New Zealand-Australian actress and producer

1964- Antje Vowinckel -German radio artist and musician

1965- Sulaiman Abu Ghaith -Kuwaiti terrorist

1965- Aljoša Asanović -Croatian footballer and manager

1965- Craig Biggio -American baseball player and coach

1965- Ken Hill (baseball)|Ken Hill -American baseball player

1965- Ted Raimi -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1966- Fabrizio Giovanardi -Italian race car driver

1966- Anthony Mason (basketball)|Anthony Mason -American basketball player

1966- Helle Thorning-Schmidt -Danish politician, 41st Prime Minister of Denmark

1966- Bill Ranford -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1966- Tim Sköld -Swedish bass player and producer (Shotgun Messiah, Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult, MDFMK, KMFDM, and ohGr)

1967- Ewa Białołęcka -Polish author

1968- Kelley Armstrong -Canadian author

1968- Noelle Beck -American actress

1969- Scott Hatteberg -American baseball player and sportscaster

1969- Archie Kao -American actor

1969- Natascha McElhone -English actress

1969- Arthur Numan -Dutch footballer and manager

1970- Nadine Garner -Australian actress

1970- Anna Maria Jopek -Polish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1970- Beth Orton -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1971- Brian Gay -American golfer

1971- Tia Texada -American actress and singer

1971- Michaela Watkins -American actress

1972- Miranda Hart -English actress, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Marcus Jensen -American baseball player and coach

1973- Pat Burke -Irish basketball player

1973- Tomasz Radzinski -Polish footballer

1973- Saulius Štombergas -Lithuanian basketball player and coach

1973- Thuy Trang -Vietnamese-American actress (d. 2001)

1974- Billy Koch -American baseball player

1975- Justin Furstenfeld -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Blue October and The Last Wish)

1975- KaDee Strickland -American actress

1976- Tammy Blanchard -American actress

1976- Leland Chapman -American bounty hunter

1976- Sebastien Chaule -French-German rugby player

1976- André Couto -Portuguese race car driver

1976- Santiago Ezquerro -Spanish footballer

1977- Brain Damage (wrestler)|Brain Damage -American wrestler (d. 2012)

1977- Jamie Peacock -English rugby player

1978- Dean Brogan -Australian footballer

1978- Zdeněk Pospěch -Czech footballer

1978- Patty Schnyder -Swiss tennis player

1978- Radu Sîrbu -Moldovan-Romanian singer and producer (O-Zone)

1978- Kim St-Pierre -Canadian ice hockey player

1979- Jean-Alain Boumsong -French footballer

1979- Andrei Makrov -Estonian ice hockey player

1979- Sophie Monk -English-Australian singer-songwriter and actress (Bardot (band)|Bardot)

1979- Michael Owen -English footballer and sportscaster

1980- Gordon Greer -Scottish footballer

1980- Tata Young -Thai singer, dancer, and actress

1980- Didier Zokora -Ivorian footballer

1981- Amber Chia -Malaysian model and actress

1981- Émilie Heymans -Canadian diver

1981- Rebecca Jarvis -American journalist

1981- Johnny Jeter -American wrestler

1981- Liam Lawrence -Irish footballer

1981- Shaun Marcum -American baseball player

1982- Josh Fields (infielder)|Josh Fields -American baseball player

1982- Steve Sidwell -English footballer

1982- Anthony Way -English singer and actor

1983- Leanne Mitchell -English singer-songwriter

1984- Chris Brunt -Irish footballer

1984- Rana Daggubati -Indian actor and producer

1984- Ed Rainsford -Zimbabwean cricketer

1984- Jackson Rathbone -Singaporean-American actor and singer (100 Monkeys)

1985- Jakub Błaszczykowski -Polish footballer

1985- Paul Rabil -American lacrosse player

1985- Tom Smith (rugby union player born 1985)|Tom Smith -English-Welsh rugby player

1985- Nonami Takizawa -Japanese actress and singer

1986- Jang Jae-Ho -South Korean gamer

1987- Kenneth Medwood -Belizean-American hurdler

1987- Aletta Ocean -Hungarian porn actress

1988- Nicolas Batum -French basketball player

1988- Nate Ebner -American football player

1988- Vanessa Hudgens -American actress and singer

1988- Hayato Sakamoto -Japanese baseball player

1989- Onew -South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (Shinee)

1989- Pedro Roberto Silva Botelho -Brazilian footballer

1991- Samantha Peszek -American gymnast

1992- Alexandra Kolesnichenko -Uzbekistani tennis player

1992- Ryo Miyaichi -Japanese footballer

1994- Joshua Dionisio -Filipino actor